The Bellingham Business Journal
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, which opened in 2008, claimed the title as the 2009 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year, winning four medals: two gold and two silver at the 28th Annual Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colo.
Chuckanut Dunkel won a gold medal in the European Style Dunkel Category. Chuckanut Vienna Lager also won a gold medal in the Vienna Style Lager category. Chuckanut German Pilsner won a silver medal in the German-Style Pilsener. Chuckanut Schwartzbier also won a silver medal in the German Style Schwartzbier.
Breweries are awarded points based on medals won, and these points are tabulated for the results of the 2009 GABF Brewery of the Year Awards. The GABF judges awarded Chuckanut Brewery the 2009 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year based upon the medals won. Chuckanut Brewery is the first brewery in the history of the Great American Beer Festival competition to win a Small Brewpub of the Year award with all Lager-style beers.
The Great American Beer Festival is the largest and most prestigious competition for American craft beers. This year’s competition featured 3,308 beers from 495 breweries. A panel of 132 professional judges from 10 countries worked over a three-day period during the week of the festival to award medals in 78 beer categories.